The Patriots have played better defensively in their last two games -- they allowed an average of only 316 yards in wins over the Jets and Cowboys, compared to 467.5 in Weeks 1-4 -- and that begs the question: Is the improvement for real?
Michael Felger and Fred Smerlas think so. Steve DeOssie's not so sure.
"I saw better pursuit to the ball, better pass rush, and guys were more stout up front," Smerlas, the ex-NFL lineman, said on 'Sports Sunday'. "Albert Haynesworth was getting off the ball a little better, but moving better when he got off the ball."
Felger, the show's host, agreed.
"I like their defensive line in general," he said. "Andre Carter's been good, I think Kyle Love has been good, Vince Wilfork has been great, I think you mix in the Mark Andersons of the world, and Shaun Ellis . . . all those moves they made, up front anyway, have worked. I think they are better up front."
But DeOssie isn't ready to sign off just yet.
"Better, but not as good as the numbers would indicate," the NFL veteran said, later explaining: "There's still too many missed tackles in the secondary . . . and you still have to do better against the big receivers."